Directed by Robert Shaye
Written by John Rocco, Jenna Lyn Wright
Reviewed by JP Andrika
AMBITION is the latest from the producers of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. . Young Music student, Jude (Katherine Hughes), spends her days with her friends in a cozy house where she dreams of getting a spot in an Orchestra and has a supportive boyfriend. An interesting neighbor (Giles Matthey) moves in and makes his way into her circle of Friends. moves in and makes his way into the circle of Friends. He’s a British Dreamboat and a tad bit mysterious.
Still, things may not be perfect in Jude’s world when a local music student dies by jumping off a building – Or was she pushed? Jude begins to feel the pressure of earning her spot in the music program and it slowly seeps into her everyday life. She screws up musical numbers, breaks strings and practices maniacally for hours much to the chagrin of her roommates.
If you are like me, you may have been interested in checking this one out because Lin Shaye is displayed prominently on the DVD cover. Sorry to say, she has all but a thirty second cameo. Bob Shaye directed and wrote the screenplay. Runtime is a fast 80 minutes.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when watching it, but blurbs proclaimed comparisons to another critically acclaimed film. (I won’t spoil it.) It’s a modest film that has the look and feel of a made for TV movie.
It’s competently directed and shot. However, it’s not a slick film save for one sequence that employs the use of a flashback similar to watching a film on a Projector. If you are looking for gore it has some, but it’s either offscreen or in small amounts.
The film struggles a bit in that not much happens until the final ten minutes. It almost plays out like a drama save for the conclusion. That’s where the film faltered for me. It’s touted as a gory horror movie except it’s really anything and misses the mark for me.
It feels like a lot more could have been done with the minimum character development, too. The film tends to just meander until the big conclusion. As it stands, it’s an okay movie of the week, but as an edgy horror film (and that’s what it’s proclaimed to be) it plays it very safe to the point where it feels more like a Lifetime movie. While I didn’t hate it despite its flaws, I have a feeling those expecting a gory slasher will be very disappointed.